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Demian Bichir, 'The Bridge'
Nomination Status: An Oscar nominee comes to TV! For a drama people stop talking about.
In His Favor: Demian Bichir is actually really great on "The Bridge." It's a smart, weary, live-in performance by an Oscar nominated actor on a cable drama. It's also a trailblazing, largely bilingual performance, a finger-on-the-pulse bit of character work and acting. Logic would seem to have dictated that Bichir would be a strong awards contender this year.
Working Against Him: Instead, "The Bridge" attracted initial attention and then... Poof. Nothing. People kinda kept talking about Diane Kruger and whether she was giving a 100 percent accurate or 100 percent inaccurate -- Very little in-between -- portrayal of a detective on the autistic spectrum and Bichir got a little lost. In order to get a nomination in this category, you can't vanish from the conversation. "The Bridge" returns next month, but it feels like it has been off the air for a decade.